With all the exciting preparations for my upcoming Compassion trip to Honduras… advocating for children, shopping for gifts for my 11 children plus their siblings and a few of their friends, planning visit days, packing, and working 6 days/week to finish earning the money I need for this trip… I suddenly realized that I am waaaay behind in my correspondence with my kids~! So while my heart is still to see the remaining 12 children I have available receive sponsors before our team arrives mid-July, I’ve been enjoying a sweet time immersed in a pile of my children’s letters.
The letters from three of my 9-10 year old girls brought an extra delight… they each included their own sweet drawing of Trusty. Over and again, my children — from the youngest of them to my teens — remind me how delighted they are playing the “Trusty Game,” with me. These recent drawings expressing that delight have been in response to a few different “Trusty Letters” that I sent over the holidays. I’m so impressed with each one of these drawings, and each child warms my heart and makes me smile.
I love the sweet face that Reina drew of Trusty, with smiling eyes even! And look at the detail on the fetlocks… I’m impressed! Reina’s letter spilled over onto another full sheet of paper, and I love that she answered many of my questions, shared about things she has been learning at her project, and chatted about her life. Her whole letter reflected exuberance and delight. Reina has such a precious heart, and I can hardly wait to meet her on her visit day in 8 weeks~!!
When Reina wrote this letter, she wouldn’t have known that I’m coming to visit this summer, but look at how she ended her letter…
Gabriela delights me with her frequent letters that give me glimpses into her life in Romania, such as the food her family prepared for Christmas… “cabbage, sausages, stake, and pig’s trotters.” I had written to my children about my painting that I entered in the county fair last summer which took the blue ribbon, so Gabi wrote, “I do not have the chance to participate in such fairs, but I congratulate you for the prizes and your talent. I don’t have a big talent, but I will draw something for you and send it.” Here is her sweet picture of Trusty with the children, gathering her inspiration from the coloring pages that I sent. I love her drawing and will continue to encourage her, and each of my children, in their artistic endeavors.
And again, a comment in one of her letters reminds me of the main reason that I have created this website… to encourage sponsors (including myself~!) to write to our sponsored children, so that as many children as possible will be receiving letters. Even little postcards or brief online email letters sent consistently throughout the year will remind our children that they are valued and loved. I’m having so much fun catching up with my correspondence after this bit of a “drought.”
Devora is one of my World Vision children in the Dominican Republic, and she always draws delightful, full page pictures that are sent with the letters that her older sister writes on her behalf. Devora’s drawing is in response to the Trusty’s Christmas Travels letter that I sent last fall, encouraging the children to observe beautiful art prints of Joseph and Mary traveling to Bethlehem, and then again on their flight to Egypt. I love that she thoughtfully created her own drawing of the story, and I smile to see Trusty grazing in the bushes. I thought it was interesting that she included a pipe for water. And of course, how fun that she labeled her people, indicating where baby Jesus is in her drawing!
By sending my children art prints of stories that I am writing to them about, they are encouraged to make their own observations and to think about the stories. Here is Devora’s response to the winter letter…
Each of these girls recently had updated photos… I discovered Devora’s new photo last night as I was writing online letters. Yay! I love seeing each of these girls in their new photos, and their dear hearts and faces make my heart sing.
So if you haven’t written your child in awhile, or are looking for some ideas of what to write, check out some of the ideas in the Creative Letters section… and let your child’s heart sing to hear from you.